“Fifty Shades” Producer Speaks Up About Casting
The movie producer, Michael De Luca, was at Monday’s Hollywood Film Awards to accept a filmmaking prize, but he didn’t spend the early part of the evening celebrating. Instead, the veteran found himself being grilled about “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the E.L. James adaptation he’s producing, and how the project was faring after losing leading man Charlie Hunnam.
De Luca — who joked he’d been asked about “Fifty Shades” roughly “247 times” on the red carpet — wouldn’t comment on reports that actors Billy Magnussen and Jamie Dornan are the top contenders to step into the Christian Grey role. He did say, however, that he was adamant a newcomer would be best to star opposite Dakota Johnson, who has already been cast as Anastasia Steele.
“I feel like everyone has an idea of what these characters look like and sound like, so to present the world with fresh faces — where no pre-conceived notions or baggage come with it — is best,” he said. “It’s like casting Superman or James Bond. A fresh face is appropriate.”
Source: LA Times